Disabled drivers facing long delays for licences

Disabled drivers are facing long delays in processing driving licence applications by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The backlog for motorists with medical conditions has risen by 65% in 12 months.

Drivers must declare certain conditions to the DVLA. These include diabetes, sleep apnoea, epilepsy or a heart condition.

An investigation by Heycar (an online car dealership), revealed the 65% rise, with more than 300,000 Disabled drivers affected by delays.

Factors causing the backlog include DVLA staff working from home without remote access to a vital database and industrial action.